Coromandel MP Urges Vigilance Due to Kauri Dieback

Posted by on 26/03/2014

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Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has described the discovery of Kauri dieback in a forest north of Whitianga as disappointing but says everything possible will be done to contain the disease and prevent further areas becoming infected.

“This is a real blow for local DOC staff and the many community volunteers who have worked tremendously hard to protect and regenerate Coromandel’s kauri forests.”

“At this stage further testing is underway to establish the scale of the problem. In the meantime, DOC is in the process of contacting those who reside near the area as well as hunters and others to advise them of the precautions that need to be taken,” Mr Simpson said.

The discovery was made in two young trees in the Whangapoua Forest/Hukarahi Conservation Area.

The Minister’s decision to immediately close the affected area is a precautionary approach and will reduce the risk of spread. I support his decision.

I would like to urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant in ensuring they remove all visible soil and plant material from shoes, equipment and vehicles before and after visiting kauri forests,” said Mr Simpson.